Question about Dell PowerEdge 1800 Server
The green power indicator flashes.
Then when I push the startup button, and after a few seconds I get a flashing orange on the larger indicator in front center. That is all, no sound, no screen, nothing else. When it was working, it would turn on the case fan for a few seconds, but that does not happen now. Nothing happens, but the flashing amber.
I did a test with a meter on a free drive terminal. I was getting just a matter of a few mv from the red and yellow wires. My understanding is that I should have found 5 an 9 volts on the wires. But the fact that the fan run fine on the power supply itself when I plug in the unit makes me wonder if until I actually push the startup, it is designed to provide only a tiny amount of power.
You think it is the power supply? What is the most inexpensive way to replace that if so? Thanks very much.
Think of blinking amber as the initial state of the LED. As long as the system is receiving power from a power source and can pass that power through the system board to the LED on the Control Panel it should, at least, blink amber.
As a result, a blinking amber Power Button LED is a reliable indicator that the system is receiving power from a power source. This, in turn, tells us that the source and power cord are likely to be functional. The Blinking Amber LED also tells us that the power supply to system board connection is good as well as the connections between the system board, I/O Panel and Control Panel.
Depending on the components installed and the condition of those components, the LED may progress past blinking amber and move to solid amber.
If the LED does not progress past blinking amber it indicates that the system is not able to properly distribute power to the system components. This is discussed in the next section of the interaction.
It does not indicate that the power supply is bad. It simply indicates that, for whatever reason, one of the power supply 'rails' is not operating within its specified range or, simply, that there is a short somewhere in the system.
The LED state could be the result of a misconfigured or incorrectly installed system component. A bad drive, for example, may be shorting out one of the rails. Incorrectly installed memory can cause a blinking amber front panel power button LED.
Posted on Feb 05, 2009
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